Setting up a candy buffet at your class graduation party, school sleepover, Movie Night, or other event is more than just filling bowls with candy and unceremoniously setting them on a table. Follow these 8 steps to create a candy buffet that satisfies every sweet tooth and keeps them coming back for more.
1. Decide on a color
A lot of schools like to set out candy in their school colors or a color that matches their event theme color(s). If you don’t have a specific color in mind, try a rainbow candy buffet with tasty treats in many different colors.
2. Choose a type of candy for your buffet
Types of candy range from individually wrapped mints or chocolate candy, bulk candy like hard candy and gummy candy, or even gumballs. You can also mix and match candy types for a nice variety. Choose a candy type(s) that fit your event the best.
3. Map out your table
Mapping out your table is a useful strategy, especially if you order a lot of candy. Make sure to put taller containers in the back. Or set containers on top of small pedestals. Sketch out how you want to arrange your candy bars. Put a sheet cake in the middle. Use your imagination!
4. Determine how much candy/containers you need
This is probably the most important step in creating a great candy buffet. 25-40% of your jars should be small and easily filled with one bag of candy. Use this guide to figure out how much candy to order.
1-50 guests: 5 jars candy
50-100 guests: 10 jars candy
100-150 guests: 15 jars candy
150-200 guests: 18 jars candy
Over 200 guests: 20 jars candy
5. Choose your containers
This step goes hand in hand with step 3. Don’t forget to use clear containers for candy with a color scheme. Make sure to use containers with large openings to accommodate scoops. Decide whether you need to label containers.
6. Decorate your table
Get your artistic students to design and decorate the overall look. This includes things like the tablecover, centerpieces, and backdrops. They can design it to complement your event theme or with a candy motif.
7. Add finishing touches
Once you have your candy buffet set up, add little embellishments. Label candy if necessary. Tie bows and ribbons to containers and display pieces. Or scatter confetti on the table.
8. Last minute tips
Keep these quick tips in mind during your planning.
• Add cookies, cupcakes, and other treats to mix things up.
• Don’t forget to label candy or treats that are gluten-free, nut-free, etc.
• Make sure you have enough tongs, scoops, and containers for students to fill up with their favorite candies.
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